Award Nomination: Sylvia Olsen's Working With Wool Nominated for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature


Working With Wool has been nominated for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. The son of poor Ukrainian immigrants, George Ryga settled in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, where he was known as a feisty playwright committed to social justice in works like The Ecstasy of Rita Joe (1969). The Ryga Award celebrates his legacy by searching for an outstanding work of literary and social value by a B.C. writer.

The winner of the 2011 Ryga Award will be announced at a gala presentation on October 1st held at the Centre Stage Theatre in Summerland, B.C. Andrew Steeves of Gaspereau Press (publisher of Johanna Skibsrud’s Giller Prize-winning novel The Sentimentalists) will serve as the honourary judge.

This year’s award evening will showcase Portrait of a Lady–A Tribute to Margaret Laurence featuring Dorian Kohl in her acclaimed performance as heroine Hagar Shipley, based on George Ryga’s seminal adaptation of Laurence’s classic novel The Stone Angel with dramaturgy by Michael Cook.

Tickets for the 8th Annual George Ryga Award evening, and this special performance of “Portrait of a Lady” are $20 and available at Martin’s Flowers in Summerland  (250-494-5432) and The Dragon’s Den in Penticton (250-492-3011), as well as the Okanagan College Bookstore (250-862-5622).

Here's a bit more information about the book:

Working With Wool: A Coast Salish Legacy and the Cowichan Sweater

By Sylvia Olsen

Cowichan sweaters are a lot like the Coast Salish women who knit them: hardy, practical, and enduringly beautiful. An artistic fusion of indigenous and European handwork, the Cowichan sweater became a Canadian icon. Award-winning author, knitter, and Cowichan-sweater expert Sylvia Olsen recounts one of Vancouver Island’s most compelling stories in Working With Wool, a stunning, fully illustrated account of innovation, hard work and cultural strength.

Download a pdf with more information about Working With Wool.

Watch a video of Sylvia speaking about Working With Wool.

History, 328 pp, 200+ photos 8.5 x 9.25, Cloth, $38.95
ISBN 13: 978-1-55039-177-0; 1-55039-177-1

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